Land Rover showcases its Discovery Vision Concept SUV, which builds in so many high-tech systems it can hardly be called a car.
Land Rover gave the automotive press a sneak peek at the futuristic concept version of its Discovery luxury SUV on Monday to show off features such as remote control driving, a laser-measured parking assist system, and a "see-through" hood.
The hood is as fully opaque as the lid on any other vehicle, but one feature of the Discovery Vision Concept is designed to give the driver an unimpeded view of the road. Cameras installed in the front bumper send live video images to a heads-up display on the inside windshield.
The virtual view allows drivers to see the ground immediately in front of the wheels in a way that might be possible if the hood actually were transparent but the engine were not.
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